Continental Britons: Historical Facets of Male Effeminacy and Queer Influences from Abroad
4 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2010
Date Written: July 14, 2010
This paper supports the claim that effeminacy is neither unprecedented nor exceptional, and, accordingly, that contemporary representations of queerness, either in elite or mass cultural forms, reveal significant correspondences to older visual paradigms and social conventions. No longer invisible and no longer ignored, contemporary effeminacy is now an entity to be investigated from different scholarly and theoretical perspectives, in particular, the exploration of effeminacy's latent as well as manifest meanings in the queer culture of the past may yield crucial insights for its current manifestations.
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